Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Hemsworth, elder brother of Chris and Liam Hemsworth, has scored his first film role as the co-lead of Australian writer-director John V. Soto’s The Reckoning. Jonathan LaPaglia, younger brother of Anthony LaPaglia, will play a cop who searches for two missing teenagers who shot video footage of a murder. Hemsworth plays a fellow detective. Shooting starts in Perth on April 29, produced by Filmscope Entertainment’s Deidre Kitcher, who produced Soto’s films Needle (which Lionsgate released in the U.S.) and Crush. The exec producers are Los Angeles-based Larrikin Entertainment’s Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote and David Calvert-Jones plus Roger Savill and Kim Savill. Lightning Entertainment has international sales rights and the producers are negotiating an Australian distribution deal. The pic is co-financed by ScreenWest, Fulcrum and private investors. (more…)